Capacity Building & Education

UNEP/GRID-Arendal Newsletter Features West African Training and Research, Green Economy Map [viewed]

1 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the May 2012 edition of its newsletter (Marine Newsletter #5), including an update on the UNEP Shelf Programme and its project on training and capacity building for West African coastal States, and a map of world fisheries and marine nutrition.

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FAO Advisory Committee Calls for Enhanced Role for Forest-based Industries [viewed]

FAO24 May 2012: The Advisory Committee on Paper and Wood Products (ACPWP) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomed the proposed new FAO strategic objectives in which forestry and forest-based products play a key role.

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SPC Provides GIS Training for Monitoring Climate Change, Risks for Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

1 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) convened a training session and consultation with Fiji's Ministry of Primary Industries, as well as agriculture and forestry personnel, on spatial information needs to inform decision making. The session covered information and best practices in applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to help identify and monitor climate change and disaster risks in the agriculture and forestry sectors.

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Equator Initiative Announces 2012 Prize Winners [viewed]

UNDP23 March 2012:  The Equator Initiative announced the 25 local community groups that will receive the Equator Prize 2012 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to sustainable development. The prize recipients will be recognized during a high-level event at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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CARICOM Trains Negotiators on MEAs [viewed]

1 June 2012: Forty negotiators from CARIFORUM countries, which include Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member States, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, took part in a training workshop to better represent their national and regional interests in negotiations involving multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

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UNDP Announces Accomplishments in India Biosphere Reserve [viewed]

UNDP31 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Tamil Nadu have reported on results of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust (GOMBRT), which receives financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Inter-regional Workshop Addresses Whale Migration and Habitats [viewed]

UNEP28 May 2012: At an inter-regional workshop coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS), participants analyzed the migration routes of large whales, their critical habitats and the threats from humans, and discussed priorities for action.

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Event: Fair on National Experiences with the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [viewed]

Organized jointly by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Government of India, this fair will be held at the margins of of the sixth meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 6). It will provide Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations with the opportunity to showcase their national experiences, good practices and lessons learned on various topics, including: national implementation of the Strategic Plan for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (2011-2020); development and implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks; design and implementation of biosafety capacity-building activities; use of the Biosafety Clearing-House; and implementation of the programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (2011-2015).  

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US Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

30 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the US Government has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, both effective as of World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2012.

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Eye on Earth Newsletter Highlights Summit Declaration, Eight Special Initiatives [viewed]

May 2012: The sixth issue of "View," the Eye on Earth (EoE) Newsletter, highlights: the EoE Summit Declaration that will provide input to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); the eight special initiatives adopted at the EoE Summit; and contributions on green accounting. 

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